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Major carb-age

This morning, I started my day off with my Monday tradition…a delicious green smoothie!

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This smoothie contained: 1 cup Light vanilla soymilk, 1 frozen banana, 1 tablespoon almond butter and a whole lotta organic baby spinach. YUM!

Mari has decided to start a Green Monster Challenge where she will have one green smoothie a day (as one of her meals) for a month. I’m going to do my best to participate but it’s going to require some creativity on my part 🙂

I had coffee with coconut milk creamer and almonds for a snack but forgot to photograph them, sorry! I am out of practice.

Since I had a smoothie for breakfast, I decided it only made sense to have oatmeal for lunch! Here was the star ingredient:

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I am really enjoying these Peeled Snacks dried fruit. The company sent me free samples to try and so far, I have loved them all!

The dried cherries were soft, chewy and not as sweet as dried cherries I have had in the past. That is my favorite thing about these snacks, which you can find at Starbucks.

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I loved having oatmeal for lunch…this might become a habit 🙂

Later in the afternoon, I had another cup of coffee (oops) and some yogurt.

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After work, I went on a 5-mile run and I was quite hungry when I got home. I had my usual Monday night pasta dinner!

023I had 1 1/4 cups of Barilla whole grain spaghetti, topped with Meijer organic pasta sauce (pictured below), steamed broccoli, a chopped up vegan burger and nutritional yeast. Plus a pita pocket with Smart Balance Light on the side.     022

This sauce was pretty good and I definitely liked the price and ingredients list. But the 365 brand I had a few weeks ago (roasted red pepper) has so much more flavor.

This wasn’t too shabby though!

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For my after dinner snack, I had to try out a new product I picked up at Meijer yesterday:

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These are basically like sandwich thins, only they taste like Thomas bagels and have a hole in the middle 🙂

I topped mine with peanut butter and chocolate chips! I splurged and got the Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips this time, yum.

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But apparently, I got a case of the “runner’s munchies” because I decided to bust out the Oatmeal crack Squares for another snack.

I had two little cups of cereal with soymilk before calling it a night (as far as eating goes) just after 9:00.

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I’m going to have to be careful with these this week. I can’t help it though…they were on sale for $1.67 at Meijer and I had a $1 off coupon. I got a $4 box of cereal for 67 cents!!

Hope you had a great Monday too! Now that my glycogen stores are definitely replaced, I can go to bed now, ha ha. Good night 🙂

Starting fresh

This is a big week! I’ve got my last class tonight, finals, project to work on, and the mini-marathon is on Saturday! The strange thing is, I’m looking forward to it all. I’ll be glad to close out this semester as its been one of the more challenging ones, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Honestly, it just helped solidify to me that I’m in the right program 🙂

Also looking forward to the mini-marathon on Saturday now because this will be the first long distance race that I have walked. I just can’t put my body through the stress of running right now and risking injury. I’m not giving up running at all, in fact, once this week is over and I have rested up, I’m back to 5k training for a race I’m planning to run on May 23rd.

To start the week off fresh, I had a Thomas cinnamon raisin bagel with strawberry cream cheese and a side of strawberries for breakfast this morning 🙂

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For my snacks today, I brought some chocolate-nut-fruit mix, a Fage yogurt, and a mini-Larabar to eat during class tonight. I secretly hope we get out early, but its a review for our final so I guess I should want to get it all covered 😉

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For lunch, I decided to make something I’d seen all around the blogosphere, especially among the vegetarians and vegan bloggers….a spinach hummus wrap!

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I spread 1/4 cup of Sabra greek olive hummus on a Flat Out wrap and topped it with a handful of spinach before wrapping it up.

Here’s lunch, with some carrots and an orange. Wow, my breakfast was pink/red and now my lunch is very orange, haha.

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I packed my gym clothes and I’m thinking lunchtime workout today but I’m not sure what. But I’m hoping to get in some planks today because I just remembered how long it took my abs and arms to recover, woo hoo!

Have a great day 🙂